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Cameo with Silenus leaning over the head of a maenad or hermaphrodite

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White on yellowish-brown layered onyx. Cameo preserved in a semicircular fragment. A nude, balding Silenus, with a pointed ear, bends forward to the right, leaning with his left hand against a tree (of which only the upper part is preserved). Between Silenus and the tree is a female head, in...

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By date unknown: C. Wissmann Collection (according to TMS archival card: Buffum Collection); gift of Miss C. Wissmann to MFA, April 1, 1902

Credit Line

Gift of Miss C. Wissmann

Roman, Republican or Imperial Period, 1st century B.C. or 1st century A.D.


Overall (as preserved): 2.9 x 1.2 x 0.4 cm (6.48 lb., 1/2 x 3/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Jewelry / Adornment, Cameos